Keynote speaker
Robin Mackay
   “Approaching the Contemporary Object”
Robin Mackay

Robin Mackay is director of publisher and arts organization Urbanomic and editor of its journal, Collapse. He has translated a number of works of French philosophy, including Alain Badiou's Number and Numbers, Francois Laruelle's The Concept of Non-Photography and Anti-Badiou, and Quentin Meillasoux's The Number and the Siren.

Roundtable speakers

Our roundtable panel represent a diverse range of disciplines, methodologies and perspectives...
Leo Caves

Dr Leo Caves
Leo Caves is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology, University of York.  He has a PhD in Computational Biophysics and throughout his career has operated at the interface of the physical, biological and computational sciences. A former member of the Structural Biology Laboratory and Lecturer of the Department of Chemistry, he migrated to lead Computational Biology research and training in the Department of Biology. 
His research spans biomolecular simulation, biological data analysis, evolutionary computation and systemology. He is a co-founder of YCCSA (York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis) and has wide experience of interdisciplinary activities. He enjoys complex thinking and tries to bring (bio)systemic perspectives to situations where the sciences, social sciences and the humanities collide. He realises that this does not leave much out.

Dr Matthew Cheeseman
I am an interdisciplinary researcher and teacher. I work with fiction, non-fiction and art writing, drawing on Creative Writing, English Literature, Cultural Studies and Creative Enterprise. 

My methodology often involves collaboration with artists and the creation and publication of artistic texts. I am both a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Theory at Southampton Solent University and a University Teacher in the School of English at the University of Sheffield.

Professor Nicola Dibben
Nicola Dibben researches and teaches in the science and psychology of music, and in popular music studies at The University of Sheffield, Department of Music.  Full biography here.

"My role as Director of the Humanities Research Institute draws on my experience of interdisciplinary collaboration and involves supporting colleagues in identifying and meeting our research goals as a Faculty."

Mark Jenner

Dr Mark Jenner

Mark Jenner is Reader in Early Modern History at the University of York and a former director of its Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. In 2015 he became University Research Champion for the Theme Culture and Communication. He has published widely on the social and cultural history of England between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, including Londinopolis and Medicine and the Market in England and its Colonies c.1450-c.1850. 

Most of his work revolves around ideas of dirt and pollution and involves an interdisciplinary dialogue with work in literary studies, art history and archaeology, while drawing extensively on anthropological writings and social theory. 

Joanne Armitage
is a creative technologist and/or artist working with sound, physical computing, digital media and interaction design. Currently, she is completing a practice-based PhD candidacy whilst teaching in music production and new/digital media at University of Leeds. Her PhD is a practice based investigation of haptic technologies in live and offline computer music performance. Active as a live coder, she improvises regularly around the UK, mainly within the Algorave and experimental electronic/techno scenes. Joanne works with groups including Orchestra for Females and Laptops (OFFAL) to promote diversity in music technology.

Workshop Leaders

Sarah Campbell is Editorial Director at Rowman & Littlefield International, an independent academic publisher based in London. RLI publishes in the disciplines of: Philosophy; Politics and International Relations; Cultural Studies; and Economics. Sarah was previously a Publisher at Bloomsbury and, before that, Continuum, where she developed a market-leading Philosophy list and ran a team of editors working across the Humanities and Social Sciences. She is experienced in working with authors across the academic spectrum and in developing projects that represent the cutting edge of modern scholarship. She passionately believes in a collaborative, creative relationship between publisher, author and academic community. She is particularly intrigued by the interdisciplinary nature of the subject areas RLI publishes in and enthused by the ways in which technology is changing the way that academic communities network with each other, and the implications that has for publishing interdisciplinary work.

Dr Sue Carver joined the Arts and Humanities Research Council (which was then the Arts and Humanities Research Board) in 2003, having previously worked for the Agriculture and Food Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). She was appointed as Head of Research Careers, Training and Peer Review in April 2010 and moved to take up the post as Head of Histories, Cultures and Heritage in January 2016. In her current post, Dr. Carver leads a team responsible for a range of schemes and themes that support the strategy around Heritage, Culture, Environment and Health, for example, the ‘Science in Culture’, ‘Care for the Future’ and ‘Connected Communities’ Themes. The team also leads on the Leadership Fellowship Scheme and the Collaborative Doctoral Schemes. From her previous role, she has retained an interest in research careers and training, for example, taking the lead for the Research Careers and Training Advisory Group.